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This Week In Techdirt History: November 16th - 22nd

4 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago A few weeks ago, we noted the anniversary of Peter Mandelson's dinner with David Geffen and subsequent plans to crack down on filesharing in the UK. This week, people began hearing murmers about the second part of his plan: an attempt to let the government route around procedure and change copyright law at will. Show More Summary

Awesome Stuff: Podcast Apps

8 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As you hopefully know by now, we recently launched the Techdirt podcast, and while I recently did an awesome stuff post on podcasts to listen to, I've been heard from a few people who don't yet listen to podcasts, and aren't quite sure how to use them. Show More Summary

Jury Awards $186 Million in Pregnancy Bias Case

Pregnancy discrimination has been a visible area in the news recently. The EEOC has focused on this area, and the Supreme Court will look at a pregnancy discrimination claim later this term. To add to this attention, a California jury...

EU Parliament Wants To Break Up Google... Because It's Big & American Or Something

21 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

On Friday, the Financial Times broke the story that the European Parliament is going to call for breaking up Google. Of course, the European Parliament can't actually do that, but it appears designed to put pressure on the EU Commission, which has been talking about antitrust actions against Google for quite some time. Show More Summary

Senators Hoping To Keep CIA From Destroying Most Of Its Employees' Emails

22 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The CIA and Senate have found more to fight about. With the "Torture Report" mostly in the hands of the White House at this point, the two are now battling over the CIA's planned alterations to its email retention policies. Key senators are pushing back against a CIA plan to destroy older emails of “non-senior” agency officials. Show More Summary

DailyDirt: The Legal Definition Of What You're Eating...

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

There are some bizarre legal definitions for common foods. For example, we've seen that the definition of a sandwich was under dispute because a burrito place was encroaching on a sandwich shop in a shopping mall food court. That case decided that a burrito was not a sandwich, but food experts don't all agree on that point. Show More Summary

Bludgeoned And Bleeding, Aereo Finally Files For Bankruptcy

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For a moment there, streaming video operator Aereo put on a brave face that it could continue despite last June's Supreme Court ruling against the company. While some interpretations of that ruling seemed to suggest that Aereo couldShow More Summary

Associate Bonus Watch: Yet Another Firm Matches Simpson

Biglaw firms are falling all over themselves to hand out money today.

Ireland Asks EU To Support Microsoft In Legal Battle Involving Competing Jurisdictions

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Techdirt has been following the extremely important case where a US magistrate judge ruled that Microsoft had to comply with a warrant asking for data held on servers in Dublin. Clearly, if this stands, it will have big implications for cloud computing -- and a massive negative impact on US businesses trying to sell such services around the world. Show More Summary

Judge Strikes Down Illinois Pension Overhaul

An Illinois judge on Friday ruled that the state's overhaul of its troubled public-employee retirement system violates a state constitutional provision that forbids the government from making cuts to pension benefits.

Non-Sequiturs: 11.21.14

A breakdown of Thomas M. Cooley’s bar passage rate. It’s… about as depressing as you’d expect. [Third Tier Reality] Rapper being prosecuted on the argument that he benefitted from gang activity because the gang’s exploits made his rap music more popular. Show More Summary

Transformative work of the day: Barbie the Computer Engineer

yesterdayIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Organization for Transformative Works volunteer Casey Fiesler explains in Slate. http://tushnet.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

50 Ways To Leave Your Biglaw Firm (And Keep Your Bonus)

If you are looking to move in the beginning of January, your finger should be pressing the call app in your phone.

Report Says Customs And Border Protection Shoved 12,000 Unanswered FOIA Requests Into Boxes And Forgot About Them

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Government Accountability Office has taken a look at the DHS and its handling of FOIA requests, and it doesn't like what it sees. There are plenty of numbers in the report but the most incredible number is this: 23,000 FOIA requests mishandled by a single agency under the DHS's control. Show More Summary

Caption Contest Winner: Desperate Times At Small Firms Call For Desperate Measures

What more could you ask for from a small firm aside from the promise of cold drinks?

Fixing The Broadband Market And Protecting Net Neutrality By Prying Open Incumbent Networks To Meaningful Competition

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

While Title II is the best net neutrality option available in the face of a lumbering broadband duopoly, it still doesn't fix the fact that the vast majority of customers only have the choice of one or two broadband options. It's this...Show More Summary

Associate Bonus Watch: Paul Weiss Matches Simpson

Simpson Thacher's generous bonus scale gets followed by another top law firm.

Stays Pending Review

In Versata v. Callidus, the Federal Circuit holds that the erred by refusing to stay litigation to await the outcome of an CBM post-grant review proceedings.  Generally, stays of litigation are given to the discretion of the district court judge and reviewed only for abuse of discretion. However, the AIA provides that Federal Circuit review on this issue is […]

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